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​Higher Education Sharing Stories: Using an ABCD Lens in a Community-Based Service Learning Course: ABCD & Skill Building - When Communities Know What To Do and You Know How To​​​

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Join us for our December 2022 Storytelling Session

Time: December 13, 2022, 11:00 am CST (1 - 1.5 hours) 


Technical skills-focused courses can struggle to connect with communities in an asset-based, rather than a deficit-based, way. There is often an impulse to do for, instead of with or to write off the possibility of community engagement due to time limitations. However, this need not be so! Presenter Dr. Samantha Close shares examples drawn from her years of teaching Introduction to Digital Media Skills, a project-based community service learning course at DePaul University. Chiarra Lohr brings the community partner side of the equation, speaking from her experiences working with Close's course.


Samantha Close, Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies, DePaul University
Chiarra Lohr, Interim Secretary-Treasurer of the Indie Sellers Guild


Helen Damon-Moore, Associate Director, Steans Center, DePaul University

To register for this free event please visit our Eventbrite page


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Join us for a Book Talk with John McKnight and Cormac Russell of the ABCD Institute at DePaul University to discuss their new book, The Connected Community: Discovering the Health, Wealth, and Power of Neighborhoods.

Time: Thursday evening, January 19, 2023
5:45 pm - 7:15 pm, Central Time U.S.

Where: This is a hybrid event and will occur both in-person at the Lincoln Park campus of DePaul University and virtually via Zoom.

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Faith-Rooted Training for Your Organization

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Other ABCD Events

Power to the People: Building Citizen-Driven Communities

Time: Thursday 27 and Friday 28 October 2022
Venue:  Bankstown Sports Club, 8 Greenfield Pde, Bankstown, NSW   

In 2022, The Bank of I.D.E.A.S. will partner with Community Minds to deliver our annual National Community Development Conference. The theme for the Power to the People 2022 Conference is “Diversity and Inclusion – Cultivating and Celebrating Everyone’s Role in Building Community”.
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Coady's Asset-Based and Citizen-Led Development

Time: January 16 to March 19, 2023

Application deadline: November 15, 2022

This course is a global space for sharing and learning about practices that put communities and their strengths at the center of any project or initiative. These initiatives could be big or small in any sector of your work or life. We also explore how institutions can respond to communities through more equitable and authentic partnerships. We will offer a “time-out” for you to question the starting point and core beliefs underlying your work and to re-evaluate the role of institutions in stimulating and supporting genuine asset-based and citizen-led development (ABCD). Your facilitators have extensive experience working alongside local, Indigenous, and international communities and are excited to highlight each course participant’s expertise and perspectives in our virtual classroom.

This program is online.

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Tamarack Institute ABCD Community of Practice

The aim of the bi-monthly Asset-Based Community Development Community of Practice (ABCD CoP) is to go deeper on ABCD practice and explore helpful tools and resources by bringing together practitioners and residents who are applying or are seeking to apply an ABCD approach to their community development work.
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Jeder Institute’s Days Starting with T: ABCD and Participatory Community Building Teaching and Learning Series

Every Tuesday we offer ABCD and community building teaches at 8 am and 8 pm AEST
Every Thursday we have Guest Speakers at 8 am and 8 pm AEST
Every Sunday we share a “what’s coming up for the week” on social media
Upcoming guests; Heather Keam, ABCD Canada; Mike Green, ABCD for Inclusion; Peter Kenyon, Bank of IDEAS 
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International Association for Community Development (IACD) Oceania Online Practitioner Catch ups

We meet on the first Wednesday of every month at 12pm AEST
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Workshop Offering: Friendship as Foundation

Inspired by an article by John McKnight, ABCD Steward, Jess Wyatt, developed the foundations for a workshop rooted in ABCD principles and practices for the broader ABCD community. Friendship as Foundation - Softening the boundaries between Being and Doing in a relationship with others and yourself is a month-long online transformational experience where participants will leave feeling more aligned and energetic in their mind, body, and spirit through a practice of nurturing friendship and physical movement. READ MORE
Contact Jess Wyatt for more information on cost and logistics.

ABCD and First Nations

The group meets on the last Tuesday (Monday for our US friends) of each month at 9am Australian Eastern Standard Time. The zoom calls are a place for First Nations (Indigenous) practitioners or practitioners working with First Nations communities to come together and share stories, tools and practices. 

Anyone who would like to join us can email Steward Michelle Dunscombe at

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